Friday, 02 March 2018 08:12

Dropbox drops in Google Cloud to deliver 'cross-platform integrations'

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Even though Google's own Drive competes with Dropbox, the two companies are collaborating to "provide users with native access to Dropbox and G Suite functionality".

Dropbox has announced a partnership with Google Cloud to "deliver a more unified home for work".

Working with Google Cloud, the company says it "plans to develop a series of cross-platform integrations that connect G Suite cloud productivity tools and content (Gmail, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Hangouts) with its global collaboration platform," with these integrations to be made accessible "for all Dropbox users".

As a result:

  • Users will be able to create, open, and edit Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides files that live in Dropbox.
  • From within Dropbox, users will have the option to open and edit compatible files directly in Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides.
  • Dropbox Business administrators will be able to manage Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides files just like any other content that lives in Dropbox.

Tony Lee, vice-president of Engineering at Dropbox, said: "We want to make it easy for our users to work across devices with the tools they love".

“This partnership with Google Cloud is one more way we're creating a unified home for content and the conversations around it. We're excited to work with Google to break down silos and centralise the information teams rely on every day.”

Ritcha Ranjan, director, Product Management at Google Cloud, said: "Our goal is to make G Suite accessible no matter what tools you bring to work, and these integrations help our shared customers better collaborate in the tools they use every day.

“Working with Dropbox to make our apps work better together helps our customers focus their time on work that matters.”

So, what are some of the other new features?

  • Beyond Docs and Files

Dropbox will develop additional native G Suite integrations with Gmail and Hangouts Chat, helping teams keep project content connected to the conversations around it.

  • New Dropbox for Gmail Add-Ons

Users will be able to select and generate Dropbox file links from directly within Gmail. In addition, users can choose to see metadata on Dropbox content in Gmail including date created, last saved, and last accessed.

  • New Dropbox and Google Hangouts Chat integration

The integration will allow users to search for, share, and preview Dropbox files in Google Hangouts.

Now, if you thought you'd be able to just log into Dropbox and use these new features today, you can't as yet – we're told that these integrations are expected to be available starting in "the second half of 2018".

There is, however, something you can do today, and that is reading more on the partnership between Dropbox and Google Cloud, with that info here at the official Dropbox blog.

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